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Reviews for Gemological Institute of America, Inc.

Review factors

Feel-Good Factor

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
2.17
Teamwork
2.50
Freedom to work independently
2.20
Internal Communication
3.00
Office / Work Environment
2.83
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
3.17
Challenging Work
2.67
Inclusive / Diverse
3.67

Career factor

Gender Equality
3.83
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.33
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
2.33
Company Image
3.33
Job Security
3.17
Handicapped Accessibility
4.50
Workplace Safety
4.50
Benefits

The following benefits are offered

No flex. working hours Parking in 4 of 6 reviews Easy access to public transportation No stock or equity options 401(k) in 6 of 6 reviews No onsite daycare facility No reimbursed daycare No ability to work remotely Desirable office location in 3 of 6 reviews Tuition assistance in 3 of 6 reviews Paid Parental Leave in 2 of 6 reviews 401(k) Match in 6 of 6 reviews Flexible spending account in 6 of 6 reviews Paid time off in 6 of 6 reviews Healthcare (including vision and dental) in 6 of 6 reviews No relocation allowance Life insurance in 5 of 6 reviews

The following perks are offered

On site cafeteria in 6 of 6 reviews Free (company provided) Meals in 1 of 6 reviews Health and wellness programs in 6 of 6 reviews Employee discounts in 3 of 6 reviews No vehicle allowance Employee events in 6 of 6 reviews No dogs allowed Fitness center on site in 1 of 6 reviews Free Snacks/Drinks in 2 of 6 reviews
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  • 28.Feb 2018
  • Employee

Suggestions for improvement

  • I would make the company support its newer employees, and also add some fitness incentive programs

What I like about the company

It is a steady job and pay check

What I dislike about the company

The company is an oligarchy that needs to learn to support its newer employees

Company Culture
2.00
Support from management
2.00
Teamwork
2.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
2.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
2.00
Job Security
4.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
3.00
Challenging Work
1.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered 401(k) is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered
  • Company
    Gemological Institute of America, Inc.
  • City
    Carlsbad
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee events is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered
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  • 19.Jan 2017
  • Employee

Suggestions for improvement

  • Just company need to treat or the employee with respect and value of them is a lot of good people in the company but they don't value the good people and people end up leaving

What I dislike about the company

We have very poor management management doesn't help you at all very poor poor poor management.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
2.00
Teamwork
2.00
Freedom to work independently
2.00
Internal Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
2.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
2.00
Environmental Friendliness
2.00
Work-Life Balance
2.00
Company Image
3.00
Job Security
2.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
2.00
Inclusive / Diverse
2.00

The following benefits were offered to me

401(k) is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Gemological Institute of America, Inc.
  • City
    New York
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2016
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Logistics/materials management

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered Employee events is offered
  • 26.Dec 2016
  • Employee

Suggestions for improvement

  • offer gym discounts.

What I like about the company

my Coworkers

Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
5.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
5.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
3.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
5.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
2.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered 401(k) is offered Desirable office location is offered Tuition assistance is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Gemological Institute of America, Inc.
  • City
    Carlsbad
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Not specified

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered Employee events is offered
  • 18.Dec 2016
  • Employee

Suggestions for improvement

  • Try to keep your employee in your company. Stop hiring new people and firing old employees. New people are not as productive and you are putting more pressure on existing employees.

What I like about the company

Great benefit package and co-workers.

What I dislike about the company

Low pay, poor management and unrealistic expectation.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
1.00
Office / Work Environment
1.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
3.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

401(k) is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Gemological Institute of America, Inc.
  • City
    Carlsbad
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Production

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Free (company provided) Meals is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee events is offered Fitness center on site is offered
  • 19.Aug 2016
  • Employee

Company Culture

They are stuck in the past. They say they want to move forward, but the upper management has been there 20+ years and has no other experience so change is not really wanted. If there was a management hall-over there is possibility for change and movement into the future.

Support from management

Leaders are not promoted on merit but by who they know. There is minimal training in how to help build a supportive team. Everything they do wrong blows back on the lower employees.

Attitude towards older colleagues

Employees never leave so the culture is mostly 45+

Career Development

Because there is little management turnover it is very hard to get ahead. People who seem to get ahead, it feels that it is more on who they know and not merit. Very frustrating if you are a hard worker

Overall compensation for your work

Meager pay for lower management and below. Great benefits.

Work-Life Balance

There hours are very 8-5 so a work life balance is possible.

Inclusive / Diverse

Its the most multi-cultural place I've worked

Suggestions for improvement

  • Listen to your employees. Give them a cost of living raise! They work hard and deserve it. Find outside management who are trained in the art of managing versus promoting your BFF.

What I like about the company

The campus is a beautiful place to work. Ocean view, flower fields. I was there for 10 years so its very secure. Good benefits

What I dislike about the company

Low pay for cost of living. Weak management. Having to be the right person's friend to get ahead in your career. No continuous training to help any employee get ahead.

Company Culture
2.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
2.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
2.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
4.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered 401(k) is offered Desirable office location is offered Tuition assistance is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Gemological Institute of America, Inc.
  • City
    Carlsbad
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2015
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee events is offered
  • 10.May 2016
  • Employee

Support from management

Not in all cases but sadly for such a great institution there is favoritism by management.

Teamwork

Some are hardworking, sincere and ethical, others not so much.

Workplace Safety

Yes but can be delayed

What I like about the company

Good benefits, nice work space, interesting work

What I dislike about the company

Too much office politics and cliques, it's a given with most companies despite the feel-good management directives but it is the worst experienced to date

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
3.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
3.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
3.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
3.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
4.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
4.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered 401(k) is offered Desirable office location is offered Tuition assistance is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Gemological Institute of America, Inc.
  • City
    Carlsbad
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    n/a
  • Position
    Not specified

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered Employee events is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered